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September 20, 2005
  • Casa de Campo gets Best Golf Resort score
  • Puerto Plata Jazz Festival
  • American Airlines celebrates 30 years in DR
  • Puerto Plata Film Festival
Casa de Campo gets Best Golf Resort score
Travel & Leisure travelers answering the magazine's online survey ranked Casa de Campo tops in the Caribbean in three of eight categories. Casa de Campo ranked first in golf in the Caribbean in the 2005 World's Best Golf Resorts ranking of Travel & Leisure Magazine. Casa de Campo scored first above runner-ups Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall of Jamaica and Tucker's Point Club of Bermuda in the category of Best Golf Resort. In the category of Best Resort Course, Casa de Campo's "Teeth of the Dog" was also first, with White Witch of the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall in Jamaica second, and the Hyatt Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico, third. Casa de Campo ranked second in the category of Best Resort for Buddy Trips, Casa de Campo ranked second to Hyatt Dorado Resort in Puerto Rico. Bahamas's One&Only Ocean Club was third.
The Travel + Leisure Golf's World's Best Golf Resorst 2005 reader survey was released on 25 August. It is featured in the September/October issue of Travel + Leisure Golf on newsstands now.
See http://www.travelandleisure.com/tlgolf/worldsbest/
For more information on Casa de Campo, see http://www.dr1.com/directories/hotels/casa_de_campo.shtml
Puerto Plata Jazz Festival
Jazz pianist greats Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Chucho Valdez will be performing this year in the Puerto Plata Jazz Festival (20-23 October).
The festival kicks off on Thursday, 20 October under the stars at the Parque Central in Puerto Plata city. Puerto Plata Jazz Ensemble (DR) opens followed by Latin Grammy award winner and eight-time Grammy award nominee Cuban-born Gonzalo Rubalcaba.
The program continues on Friday, 21 October at Playa Dorada Plaza with the performance of Ari Hoenig TBI (USA), also for free. On Saturday, 22 October, more of the best of jazz is to be heard at Amhsa Casa Marina's amphitheater in Sosua with performances by Cuban jazz great Chucho Valdez, Ramon Vasquez (Puerto Rico) and an admission fee of RD$500.
The final Sunday evening is scheduled for Cabarete beach with Bellita y Jazz Tumbata (Cuba), and Tes A T (DR), with free admission.
The Festival is in its 7th year and event organizer Lisa Kirkman emphasizes that it leaves nothing to envy to other famous festivals. "Rubalcaba and Valdes are considered among the best pianists in the jazz world today and they pack audiences around the world," she highlights.
"The organizers are pleased that this year they were able to diversify the venues so that jazz fans can attend the concerts in the different areas of the north coast," she explains. Kirkman says that this will enable all to appreciate jazz in all environments — in a theater, in the Victorian central park in Puerto Plata, on the Cabarete Beach famous for extreme sports and partying and in the Playa Dorada Plaza.
American Airlines celebrates 30 years in DR
American Airlines hopes to reach the one-million-passengers-transported-in-one-year mark by the end of this year. The feat would coincide with the airline's celebration of 30 years of operations in the DR. Eduardo del Pozo, general manager, highlights that the company this year will carry 53 million pounds of products manufactured in the DR. He also remarked that the airline has invested more than RD$125 million in the local economy.
Today, American Airlines offers over 30 daily flights to and from the five airports in the Dominican Republic. No other country outside of the United States has more airports served by American Airlines. American flies into Santo Domingo (Las Americas), Puerto Plata (Gregorio Luperon), Santiago (Cibao), La Romana and Punta Cana international airports.
Puerto Plata Film Festival
Canadian hotel and real estate entrepreneur Derek Elliott announces Emi Group's Sun Village Resort & Spa in Cofresi, Puerto Plata will host an international film festival in November. Elliott is inspired by the DR's 2003-2005 successes in attracting major films to be produced in the DR or the recent Dominican films box office hits.
Elliott Motion Pictures recently made its industry debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on 14 September, where it co-hosted a party with production partner Media & Entertainment. Media & Entertainment has produced such acclaimed films as "Monster" (for which actor Charlie Theron won an Academy Award in 2003), and more recently "The Upride of Anger", starring Kevin Costner.
To date, Elliott Motion Pictures has two films: "Lovewrecked", a teenage romantic comedy starring Amanda Bynes that was filmed at the Sun Village resort and other areas in Puerto Plata, and "Man about Town", whose cast includes Rebecca Romijn, John Cleese and the box-office cursed Ben Afflect. Both are scheduled for spring 2006 releases.
The plan is for the film festival to preview Elliot Motion Pictures' latest entertainment offerings to vacationers. "It's promotion of Sun Village, it's recognizing the amount of films that are being done in the DR, and it ties the film business into our resort business, obviously," Derek told Canada's National Post in an interview. He envisions the festival becoming the Caribbean version of Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
In addition to Sun Village in Puerto Plata, the company recently purchased the former 260-room Melia Juan Dolio and is renovating this for an opening as the Sun Village Juan Dolio next spring. The company expects to expand in the Cofresi area where it is located adjacent to the Ocean World marine park, marina and casino, and also plans to expand to the East Coast prior to venturing to other Caribbean islands.
See http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/sun_village.shtml

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